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New members elected to the Houston Board of Education

 

Houston County Board of Education now has two new members. Hoke Morrow took the seat for Post 6, while Bryan Upshaw won for Post 7.

New superintendent to speak at Eggs & Issues

New superintendent to speak at Eggs & Issues

Georgia Cyber Academy graduates first class

Georgia Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Many parents and educators across the U.S. are coming to realize the benefits to students of Olympic Sport Fencing.  Sport fencing has been a small but ever present sport in America since the 19th century.  Usually, and erroneously, associated with the privileged class, it has found little place at large in the ball dominate sports arena in America.  However, that view has been changing rapidly over the 25 years.  The U.S. has grown steadily in world prominence including generation of World Champions and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist.  This growth is attributed with broader media coverage but also with a concerted effort by coaches and fencing enthusiast to promote this exciting sport at the middle school and high school levels around the country.  This moves fencing out from the traditional private salles (clubs) and college environments so as to make it accessible to everyone who is interested. 

MGSC designated as Yellow Ribbon School

MGSC designated as Yellow Ribbon School

Middle Georgia State College announced Monday they had sought and been granted designation as a Yellow Ribbon School for the 2014-15 academic year.  Granted by the Department of Veterans, the designation means MGSC can waive out-of-state tuition for veterans who are not legal residents of Georgia for the purpose of in-state tuition.  The Yellow Ribbbon  program allows public institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to help with tuition expenses that exceed the resident tuition and fees.

More information can be found by clicking here.  Veterans interested in finding out if the qualify can contact Tina Decheske, tina.decheske@mga.edu, or call 478-757-2681.

Possible VA failures magnify families' grief

Possible VA failures magnify families' grief

Air Force Times by Leo Shane III and Patricia Kime Darrell

Richardson doesn’t know how long his brother, Dennis, may have lived if he had received faster treatment from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system.

But he’s sure that Dennis’ final months would have been more comfortable and more hopeful if the VA had been more helpful.

“They just kept telling him he had to wait his turn,” Richardson said. “But his liver cancer was moving too fast. His pain was too intense.”